Vintage Mountain Day

The First Mountain Day
First held in 1838, a year after the seminary first opened, Mountain Day has endured to be one of the college’s oldest and most beloved traditions. Mary Lyon was a firm believer in the power of physical as well as mental exercise, and required all students to engage in activities such as walking and calisthenics. Te students and teachers set out by carriage at dawn, and hiked the arduous pathway to the top. They returned to the seminary at noon “fatigued by excessive exercise by amply compensated with a rich fund of knowledge gained by the observation of the morning.”

Where Did We Go & How?
For many years, students were brought to the base of the mountain by carriage. Wit the advent of more accessible transportation, students began taking the opportunity to explore the area. They bicycled or drove to Nash Dinosaur Land in Granby, Old Sturbridge Village, Northhampton, Deerfield, Sunderland, the Quabbin Resevoir, Mt. Monadnock, and Mt. Tom. A group of students from 1996 highly recommend visiting the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory.

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